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the british couple that was arrested for flying a drone at London airport 2 christmases ago causing absolute chaos and many cancelations have now been awarded £200,000 for false arrest, aparrently they were at work at the time and the news said they didn't even have a drone !!!

A couple who were detained during the Gatwick Airport drone chaos in December 2018 have been awarded £200,000 in compensation and legal costs after settling out of court with Sussex police.


Drone sightings near the runways over a three-day period during the peak Christmas period caused chaos, with the airport being repeatedly forced to close. The incident led to the airport being closed for 30 hours, disrupting 1,000 flights and more than 140,000 passengers.


Paul and Elaine Gait were held by police for 36 hours after 12 armed officers stormed their home. This was despite the fact they did not possess any drones and had been at work during the reported sightings.


They were released without charge, and later sued Sussex police for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.
 
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Got a link to where the were awarded the money. Didn't see it in the year old link ?
 
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they were only awarded the money this week after settling out of court, these things move slowly over here
Understand that but you saw it so it must be a article about it.
Anyway will move this to news. 👍
 
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clearing up report, from at least 3 newspapers today, this was from the Guardian newspaper

A couple who were detained during the Gatwick Airport drone chaos in December 2018 have been awarded £200,000 in compensation and legal costs after settling out of court with Sussex police.


Drone sightings near the runways over a three-day period during the peak Christmas period caused chaos, with the airport being repeatedly forced to close. The incident led to the airport being closed for 30 hours, disrupting 1,000 flights and more than 140,000 passengers.


Paul and Elaine Gait were held by police for 36 hours after 12 armed officers stormed their home. This was despite the fact they did not possess any drones and had been at work during the reported sightings.


They were released without charge, and later sued Sussex police for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.


Understand that but you saw it so it must be a article about it.
Anyway will move this to news. 👍
 

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Mayby they spend some on a new drone lol :)
 

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Were they even drones .. ;)
One thing is for sure it was a moment straight out of the Twilight Zone for that couple. . Lives and Health Ruined.
 
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I've heard a theory that there was no drone at all, only someone used the software which sends fake DroneID packets using thumb wifi transceiver. Airport drone detection solutions are mostly based on DroneID.

Timeline matches - that software was released a few weeks before the incident.
 

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